Keeping YVR’s Shorelines Clean

More than 260 participants from Metro Vancouver and across the airport community joined YVR’s Shoreline FOD (Foreign Object Debris) Squad for the first Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup kick-off event on Sea Island. Held on September 15, the event drew volunteers of all ages to Iona Beach Regional Park to help collect debris along Sea Island’s shoreline. In just one kilometre of shoreline, volunteers gathered 943 kg of debris including 775 cigarettes, 380 food wrappers/containers, 42 car parts and 23 tires.

What started as a small initiative to clean up Stanley Park’s shores in 1994 has grown into a national program that encourages communities across Canada to clean up their local shorelines. Working closely with the Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund, Vancouver Airport Authority was the provincial sponsor of the event and we’ve agreed to continue supporting this event for the next two years.

Why did we participate? Environmental sustainability is at the forefront of every decision we make at YVR. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has many ties to the entire airport community at YVR.

In addition to its sponsorship of the Iona Beach cleanup event, the Airport Authority also reached out to other B.C. airports to support their shoreline cleanup activities. Airports including Abbotsford, Campbell River and Nanaimo coordinated their own Shoreline FOD Squads to keep British Columbia’s shorelines clean. While the final results are still to be calculated, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup had more than 600 coordinators helping organize events throughout B.C.

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